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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,442 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Aug 072015


  • miles


The list goes on and on. I get a check engine coolant error that the dealership can't diagnose. My car smells like fuel. Sometimes it smells foul coming from the ac. I get a tire flat warning when my tires are just fine. My brakes won't stop squeeling even after buying new rotars and pads. My headlights suffered from something called mazing in which the lights have tiny little cracks in them all over causing no way to drive at night due to poor visibility and the lights cost $1200 for just one meaning it would cost $2500 to get new lights put on a used car. This is just ridiculous. GM knows what they did but didn't care to help me on the headlights.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #25

May 012016


  • 70,500 miles
Recently my low beam headlights would randomly stop working. At first they would go off and come back on after a couple minutes but now I'L be lucky if they turn on at all. The problem comes from the fuse box located under the hood. In the beginning I would get out of my car and play around with the low beam relay until the lights came on and stayed on but now that does not even help. Its obviously a problem due to the fuse box. I know there are many other corvette owners who have the same issue. I hope GM will fix this problem.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 182015


  • miles
Took car in for a diagnose gentleman said there was a recall for low beams so I said it was fine took car home 3 weeks later while I was on the highway cars low beams went out after engine heats up went back to dealer and let them know the the situation and the went and checked the car turns out that now I have a faulty fuse box keep in mind I had car for 3 years and never had a low beam problem till the recall was preformed

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 012010


  • 15,000 miles


Electrical system fails, short circuits requiring bleed down of battery before relays reset themselves noted as an example, when using the accessory function while washing vehicle or maintenance after 1 to no more than 2 cycles the electrical system short circuits. When this occurs nothing works, transmission is frozen, hazards/headlights everything becomes inoperative, start/accessory switch become extremely hot to touch. Nothing electrical in the car is operational. Even have to use the emergency manual releases to exit vehicle multiple (4) batteries have been replaced stranded at least 6 times where aaa or GM tow service had to come out. When tow services arrived attempted to boost start failed, nothing would work. The system bleeds down by the tow service sensors used. The tow services all noted that the system was bleeding down internally and apparently relays or other devices had shorted circuited when the voltage reached approximately 5.4 volts remaining in battery, the electrical system reset itself ? and a cable boost was able to start the car when this occurs as noted even the transmission is locked out so the tow services could not place the vehicle in neutral to place on tow vehicle GM id's that when they moved electrical and battery to the engine compartment the heat buildup might be the culprit stressing electrical components and relays GM also stated the Corvette system demands heavy electrical loads. Don't use accessories or other draining devices standard in the car was their advice this is an extreme safety hazard for when it occurs you become very vulnerable, even to the point where hazard warning lights don't operate. One time system shutdown occurred in joshua tree national forest drive. Over two hours in remote location, abandoned, no contact before the system would shunt itself and a boost start could occur

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #22

Oct 062014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 9,730 miles
C6 Corvettes have electrically operated doors so it is impossible to open a door when the battery is dead. Having a dead battery, I placed the car in my driveway to jump start it. As I went to my truck to start it and connect the jumper cables the Corvette began to slowly roll backwards - apparently the hand brake was not quite set enough (manual transmission). I was unable to open the door to apply the brakes or handbrake because of the lack of battery power. The car continued to roll backwards, accelerating, with me unable to hold or stop it. It rolled across the street, down my neighbor's driveway, and through his closed garage door coming to a stop at the rear of his garage with a heavy impact (over $11 thousand in damages). My neighbor's 2 small girls often play in that garage with the doors closed or in the driveway. If they had been playing or anyone or any vehicle had been in the street at that time there would likely have been one or more fatalities due to the runaway driver-less vehicle. Only luck prevented a serious accident with possible fatalities or serious injuries. This is obviously an unacceptable and unnecessary design defect for C6 Corvettes (and possibly other vehicles with key-less entry and electrically operated doors). I believe that Chevrolet should recall these vehicles and add a mechanical way to quickly open the door from the outside in event of a runaway situation (there is a mechanical backup if one is in the car or if one has the time to manually open the trunk - a slow procedure).

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #21

Sep 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I understand that the NHTSA previously opened an investigation in 2013 regarding C6 Corvette headlight (low beam) failures for years 2005-07. I file this claim because the production years are not limited to the years referenced. Hence, my 2008 is experiencing the same exact problem - low beam failures on roadways at night. I understand now from new research of my own that latter years are also impacted by the same issue. Although the daytime running lights are unaffected, they do not provide appropriate nighttime illumination. Using high beams are an undesirable alternative. Considering GM's long and pervasive history of shunning serious vehicular issues and complaints only until they reach a national scale (via national media or act of congress), and after contacting a local dealer last week, they have not accepted any responsibility to remedied whether it be under safety, technical bulletin, or recall. Having no trust whatsoever of GM or others like Nissan, being too big to care, I am placing my trust in the NHTSA. Thank you.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #20

Aug 252009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 4,000 miles


No high beam head lights. Fuse did not blow, bulbs checked and are good, but will not light. Had checked, and found short in wiring harness and fuse box. Dealer will not repair.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 312014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
On this day, I was driving on the highway going about 100 mph (german autobahn) when the vehicle for no apparent reason decided to lock up the brakes. I also lost power steering. Luckily there were no cars around me. The "service active handling" sensor has been on and off since then and I am looking at getting it looked at tomorrow. I have just read forums of other 2005-2008 Corvettes having this similar problem. Is there anything I can do about getting this car serviced? I am in germany and I have yet to find a Corvette mechanic. Would appreciate any advice. Thank you

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #18

Jul 072014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
When car gets hot, the low beam lights will not turn on. There is an existing recall for Corvette C6 models from 08-13. But there are none for Corvette C6 Z06 models from 08-13 even though the fusebox, headlight wiring is identical.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #17

Nov 152013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
My new (to me - second owner) 2008 Corvette was stuck in park in a grocery store parking lot. I finally had to force it out and this damaged the shift assembly that had to be replaced at my expense. The problem is with the electronic module that is part of the shift assembly that controls the hold brake before starting. I found out after the fact that a number of Corvette owners have had the same problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

May 092008


  • 5 miles


2008 new Corvette had fuse block short, headlights would not go out and had no low beams. Had to pull fuse to get lights off. Sound related to current recall of 05-07 and some 08's. issue would come and go and was fixed as soon as dealer could see problem. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lakeview, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 112011


  • 24,000 miles
Then headlights when on will completely go out as will the dash lights. After a minute or two the lights will come back on. It appears something under the hood is not and burning but I have never been unable to locate anything. About a year ago I took the vehicle to dealership and reported the problem. The service writer turned my lights off and on several times and advised he saw nothing wrong. Last week on a trip back from Oklahoma I lost lighting once again. While I was traveling at 75mph I pulled off the road and after a few minutes the lights came back on. It was daylight so I could resume driving. This morning I called the dealership to discuss this issue with him since I had heard thru the lone star Corvette club this was a recall problem. The service manager checked his computer and advised there was nothing about such an issue and he could therefore not do anything until a recall was made. He advised I should park the car and not drive it. I found his answer unacceptable.if this occurs with me at 75mph at night while in heavy traffic this could be a serious issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 182014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving on the highway when the low beam head lights suddenly went out. The car will continue to lose function of them after about 15-30 minutes of use. Once the car is parked over night they will regain use in the morning but then lose function again once the engine bay is warm.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 112014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I was driving my car on the street at night when the low-beam headlights suddenly went out. I pulled over and tried to turn them on again but they wouldn't work. I shut off the car and turned it on again and they still didn't work. I put on my high beams which worked and drove home. The next day I tested the headlights and they worked fine when the car was cool, but they stopped working when the car heated up. I checked the fuses and the relays and they were both fine. After some internet research on this issue, I traced the problem to a broken copper wire inside the fuse box. I replaced this wire and the low-beam headlights now operate the way they should. I think this is a potentially dangerous situation for anyone who is driving their Corvette at night.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #12

Dec 312013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 48,325 miles
Low lights shut off and would not turn on manually. The high beams and fog lights would work but not the low beam lights. After setting all night the low beam lights work again. This is the second time this has happened in the last 30 days.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 012013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Like many of the other complaints that have been filed the low beam head lights go out for no apparent reason. It appears that they go out when the car heats up but we don't know. This is a huge safety issue and it should be taken care of by the manufacturer. We have contacted the manufacturer and they won't do anything unless NHTSA tells them to.

- Holualoa, HI, USA

problem #10

Jul 272013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I have actually been having this problem for a few months now and can not drive the car at night because of it. The low beams quit working after the car gets hot. When you first start the car they will work but after the car has ran for about 20 minutes or so the lights will not work. High beams and fog lamps work, but not the low beams. This is a safety issue that should be addressed and there should be a recall. Fuse blocks under the hood are not something that should break, they are not subject to regular wear and tear like other parts of the vehicle.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #9

Jan 052013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 62,324 miles
When you drive for about 20 minutes, lights get hot and go off. They say it is the fusebox. Dealer will not cover by warranty. This is a dangerous safety issue.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #8

May 232013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at night on my way home around 11pm when my low beam lights went dark and would not turn back on.I've checked all the forums about this problem and it is happening a lot, but apparently GM wont include the 2008 vehicles even though ones like mine have the same equipment as earlier models with the same problems. A few days prior, my girlfriend was driving the car, and complained about the same problem, but I just thought it was because she didn't know how to operate the car. Once I get it fixed, how do I know the lights wont mysteriously go off again?! I'm very disappointed in all the electrical problems with this vehicle, and this is the last straw. (after only 38K miles the fuel tank gauge stopped working. At 60K miles the car was having issues with overheating because the fans wouldn't turn on. At 75K miles a clunking noise started coming from the differential. It's a stock car mind you. And now at 85K miles 2008, the headlights wont turn on. GM simply won't stand behind the car, and so I've been left to figure it out on my own. So much for buying my dream car. It seems more like a nightmare.)

- Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 042012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 38,895 miles
The vehicles headlights would not come on or would come on and off intermittently while driving and/or parked. The vehicle was taken in for service and I was advised that their had been a fuse block short and the fuse block was replaced.

- Anaheim , CA, USA

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